Supply chain problems set back launch of first B787
Boeing announced that the rollout of its first 787 jet would be delayed until the end of the second quarter, citing ongoing problems with deliveries from parts suppliers.
The plane was originally due for its first flight at the end of the first quarter.
“The fundamental design and technologies of the 787 remain sound,” said Scott Carson, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, in a statement Wednesday. “However, we continue to be challenged by start-up issues in our factory and in our extended global supply chain.”
Carson noted that Boeing is completing some work on the new plane originally planned to be done by the company’s suppliers. During the next several weeks, Boeing will work with its customers and suppliers to assess the specific impacts of the schedule change on the 787’s flight test program and entry into service. This effort will include an assessment of supplier progress in meeting their commitments to deliver more complete assemblies on subsequent planes.
“We have made significant progress in reducing parts shortages, improving fastener availability and achieving static and systems test milestones,” said Pat Shanahan, 787 vice president and general manager.
Deliveries of the plane are now expected in early 2009.